Woman shoots self during Issaquah traffic stop

May 24, 2011

State troopers said a driver shot and killed herself early May 17 during a traffic stop in Issaquah.

The trooper had stopped a vehicle along Interstate 90 when he heard a popping noise and discovered the woman inside the vehicle had suffered a gunshot wound.

He then called for medical assistance. Eastside Fire & Rescue medics declared the woman dead at the scene.

The incident occurred at about 2:30 a.m. on the eastbound interstate near the Front Street North exit. The woman had been alone in the Saturn coupe.

Officials later identified her as a 23-year-old Bothell woman and a veteran of the Iraq war.

Concerned family members had alerted the state patrol about the woman.

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Plan ahead to steer clear of holiday travel headaches

May 24, 2011

Memorial Day weekend means more traffic congestion as people hit the road for the traditional start of summer.

The state Department of Transportation alerted drivers to expect delays along Interstate 90 at Snoqualmie Pass and U.S. 2 at Stevens Pass, as well as along Interstate 5 at the Canadian border and between Olympia and Tacoma.

The agency offers many ways for motorists to check road conditions, including a travel website, www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic, and a travel information hotline, 511.

Motorists can find information such as camera images from across the state, state ferry schedules and a map of highway incidents and closures online.

People using mobile devices can go to www.wsdot.wa.gov/inform to see how transportation officials provide travel information through email alerts and other tools, such as Facebook and Twitter.

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Sound Transit upgrades website for riders

May 24, 2011

Sound Transit has launched the website to improve commutes for bus and train riders throughout the region.

The address is the same — www.soundtransit.org — but the agency upgraded the features. In addition to a clean, intuitive design, the website includes a better trip planner and interactive maps featuring more information about transit connections and the locations of stations, stops and parking. The transit agency also made schedules easier to read.

Other improvements to the trip planner include the ability to type in start and end points of a transit trip and see multiple options on interactive maps.

The site also features a guide for new riders, plus the ability to sign up for email and text message service alerts.

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Off the Press

May 24, 2011

Here’s to those who help us remember

Sometimes we all need a little reminder. Thank goodness we have people like Dave Waggoner in the Issaquah community.

Bob Taylor Press sports editor

Waggoner, a quartermaster in the Issaquah Veterans of Foreign Wars post, once left a small U.S. flag at the office so I would always remember Memorial Day. The flag still flies above my desk.

Each year, Waggoner, members of the VFW post and local Boy Scouts plant flags and/or crosses on the graves of former veterans at Hillside Cemetery for Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Waggoner makes sure these former vets are remembered.

Waggoner expressed a concern in an April Issaquah Press story that people are forgetting U.S. veterans. With Memorial Day coming up, none of us should forget veterans, especially those in our family.

I do a roll call every Memorial Day, setting aside some time to remember the veterans in my family.

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Join state fish hatchery advisory group

May 24, 2011

Nominate Issaquah residents as the state Department of Fish and Wildlife seeks members for the Puget Sound Hatchery Action advisory group.

The agency is accepting applications through June 3 for the new board. Officials plan to appoint up to 12 people to the group.

The advisory group is responsible for developing recommendations for potential modifications to the state’s hatchery programs. The state operates the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery downtown.

Nominations must be submitted in writing and include:

  • Nominee’s name, address, telephone number and email address
  • Relevant experience and reasons for wanting to serve as a member
  • Nominee’s effectiveness in communication
  • Name and contact information for any individual or organization submitting a nomination

Submit nominations to Heather Bartlett, Hatcheries Division manager, by mail to Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, WA 98501. Or, email materials to heather.bartlett@dfw.wa.gov. Call Bartlett at 360-902-2662 to learn more.

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Restaurant seeks taller sign near pedestrian bridge

May 24, 2011

The city is considering a taller sign for IHOP.

The pancake house seeks to add a sign 22 feet tall — 10 feet taller than the existing sign. The applicant said a taller sign is needed because a pedestrian bridge under construction across Interstate 90 obscures the 12-foot-tall sign.

The city Sign Code caps the height for monument signs at 10 feet.

Plans call for the taller sign to have an area of 75 square feet on each side, the same as the existing sign. IHOP, along the interstate and state Route 900, is in an area zoned for professional offices.

Plans call for the completed pedestrian connector to feature a 12-foot-wide pedestrian bridge across the westbound interstate on-ramps, plus a 10-foot-wide pedestrian crossing on the existing state Route 900 overpass. The link is expected to open in June.

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Spring is a time for markets, parks and theater

May 24, 2011

Apples abound at the Issaquah Farmers Market.

The fun never sets at the farmers market

Nothing says summer like the sweet aroma of deep-fried delicacies wafting through the streets of Issaquah.

Every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., people from all over flock to Pickering Farm to get a taste of the Issaquah Farmers Market. The market offers activities for people of all ages and is reminiscent of Salmon Days.

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World War II veteran honors other soldiers’ service

May 24, 2011

Issaquah resident Eugene Klineburger keeps fellow veterans alive in his memory. By Greg Farrar

Eugene Klineburger is humble about the years he served in the U. S. Army during World War II and immediately after the conflict.

“I never did anything really great during the war. I did what they told me to do,” he recalled.

Klineburger, 92, did not see combat, and instead served stateside as war raged in Europe and the Pacific. The longtime Issaquah resident guarded prisoners of war and detained Japanese-Americans at camps across the West from 1942-46.

“I appreciate what my fellow soldiers went through, I really do,” he said.

Like Klineburger, more than 16 million people served in the armed forces during World War II. The National World War II Museum estimates about 1,000 veterans of the conflict die each day.

December marks 70 years since the attack on Pearl Harbor and the United States’ entry into the fighting. Ties to the long-ago battles loosen as the greatest generation fades into history and baby boomers settle into retirement.

“As they’re aging and dying off, it will be like ancient history,” Klineburger said.

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Liberty falls short of Sea-King track title; Newport wins by two points

May 24, 2011

Devin Bennett, a Liberty High School senior, jumps out at the start of the 400-meter race May 20 during the 3A Sea-King District Championships, qualifying for state with a time of 51.01 seconds. By Greg Farrar

As good as the Liberty High School Patriots were last week at the 3A Sea-King District Championships, Franklin High School, of Seattle, was just a touch better. Read more

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Excessive fundraising efforts could lead to ‘compassion fatigue’

May 24, 2011

Every week it feels like there is a new disaster, a new cause or a new something for which someone is fundraising.

By Iman Baghai

It doesn’t take much to see how active our communities are in supporting various causes. Last year in one month at the Pacific Cascade Freshman Campus (now Pacific Cascade Middle School), there were more than five different fundraisers vying for my pocket. At Issaquah High School, there are some weeks during lunch when at least two people are coming to my table asking for money for various causes.

Has all of this fundraising made people immune to bad news and bypass causes that normally would grasp our hearts? Or is it a matter of timing? For example, the Japan earthquake grasped the world’s attention and triggered fundraising campaigns left and right. However, the deadliest tornadoes in U.S. history were overlooked in favor of the royal wedding, Osama bin Laden’s death and Donald Trump’s formerly ambitious presidential campaign.

Is it disturbing that our hearts seem to follow the media, though the media does sometime support catastrophes. Because of the Internet, we are becoming more aware of the devastation and needs of the world around us. Granted, as we talk with one another, each issue garners less of our attention as we become immune to new issues and disasters; what was once eye-opening and shocking has become ordinary and dismissive.

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